RE: [KWChoir] Christmas Carol recommendation
In the spirit of song recommendations, my barony’s quire has indexed our music library on the web. It is indexed in several ways, by title, language, time period, theme, composers and parts. The “Yuletide and Winter” theme contains most of our Christmas carols as well as other appropriate seasonal songs. Here’s the link: http://mixolydian.org/quire/library.html. Most of the songs are period with a few just post period. I’ve picked some of these and some from other places for our Winter Bardic Ball in December, but I don’t have that list with me at work. I’ll send it later.
Being relatively new to the SCA, I don’t know whether these are commonly known in to be period: “Wie schoen leuchtet der Morgenstern” and “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” by Philipp Nicolai, published in 1599. Both hymns were later altered by Bach, and Bach turned one into a cantata while Mendelssohn injected the other into an oratorio. However, there is a microfilm copy of a 1617 edition of the book they’re in (Der Freuden Spiegel des Ewigen Lebens??) that I got through interlibrary loan. Only the melody line is in the book. The rhythm and portions of the tunes are different from the Bach versions. The tune for Wachet auf is supposedly adapted from an earlier tune by Hans Sachs, but I’ve never been able to find it. They are possibly appropriate for advent (Wachet auf) or epiphany (Wie schoen leuchtet) which puts them in the Christmas/Yule season.
Rosina von Schaffhausen
Dr. Victoria Sapko
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Framingham State College
Office: HH 303C
From: KWChoir@yahoogroups.com [mailto:KWChoir@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Karen Kasper
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 3:25 PM
To: Known World Choir
Subject: [KWChoir] Christmas Carol recommendation
This is for all the other choral directors out there. I don't know about you, but I am always looking for fresh music appropriate for 12th Night. Many Christmas carols that people think of as "early" are really out of period, so it can be a challenge.
The Debatable Choir, which I direct, has a few old favorites: Riu Riu Chiu, Personent Hodie, Veni Veni Emmanuel, Coventry Carol, Nowell Sing We, Psallite Unigenito, Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen, and such, but this week I found one I had not encountered before: "Dies Est Laetitiae" by Guillielmus Messaus. We ran through it last night and it was pretty easy to learn, lively and upbeat, so I thought I would pass it along. Here's the link that I got from the Choral Public Domain Library (www.cpdl.org):
Arianna of Wynthrope
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